California okays reopening ball parks, Disneyland

The US state of California has cleared a path for fans to hit the stands at opening day baseball games and return to Disneyland nearly a year after coronavirus restrictions shuttered major entertainment spots.

The state relaxes guidelines for reopening outdoor venues. Coronavirus infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths have plunged, and vaccination rates are rising. New rules allow concert stadiums and sports arenas to reopen with limited attendance on April 1.

This week, the seven-day average rate of positive results from tests has dropped to 2.2%, a record low.

Theme parks can reopen in counties that have fallen from the state’s most restrictive tier. In all cases, park capacities will be limited, and coronavirus safety rules such as mask-wearing requirements will apply.

More than 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been given in the three months since the first vaccination in California, the Department of Public Health says. Just over 3 million people have been fully vaccinated, or about 10% of the population 16 and older.